Remarks from Alumni Association President Jana Wagenseller
It was always my parents’ expectation that I would go to college. It became my expectation too. Growing up I can remember my father emptying his pockets each evening when he came home from work. All the change was placed in a metal bowl atop his dresser. My mother’s job was to deposit the funds into a savings account for my college education and the realization of our dreams. As I grew older, my dream was to become a nurse. My parents supported and encouraged my choice of attending UNCG, for its School of Nursing was one of the best in the South.
Under the leadership of Dean Eloise Lewis and with instructors like Dr. Sue Beeson, I was introduced to their high standards and expectations for excellence and success in nursing. Life lessons, beyond academics and nursing skills, were imparted to help prepare me for growth as a professional. Education beyond the classroom and practicum was part of my UNCG experience. My friends, roommates and The Rev. Geneva Metzger gave me support and encouragement. My recent involvement with UNCG, as a member of the School of Nursing Students First Campaign Committee and later as an Alumni Association Board Member, has brought me in touch with many dedicated leaders who exhibit the same high ideals and expectations for the UNCG community.
As I look forward to the coming year, our Alumni Association faces not only a number of challenges, but also worthwhile opportunities. Full membership with the Alumni Association has been greatly enlarged to include all WC and UNCG graduates. With a new UNCG strategic plan, we will re-examine the Alumni Association’s strategic plan to ensure that we complement the new direction while protecting the purpose and mission of the Alumni Association. Fundamental in all of this is the goal of engaging many more alumni in the activities of UNCG and the Alumni Association. Launching our online community is but one way of accomplishing this goal. We foresee a virtual alumni organization accessible to all alumni, all the time, while not forgetting the face-to-face interaction that makes the greatest difference.
We want to ensure that the gifts from our experience at UNCG don’t end with graduation, but are refreshed and nourished by enabling our alumni to stay connected with that source of strength which UNCG provides.
Jana Wagenseller ’76
UNCG Alumni Association president
Join thousands of students, alumni and community members for our annual FallFest homecoming Sept. 26. From live bands and the Children’s Festival to the Homecoming soccer game and the Parade of Chariots, FallFest showcases the best of UNCG – and we want you to be a part of it.
In addition to all the regular fun activities you’ve come to expect, make sure you set aside time for the new Trolley Tour and Open House. The tour takes you to all of the buildings constructed with 2000 Higher Education Bonds. It’s UNCG’s way of saying thank you to our neighbors for voting YES on the bond referendum. Experience the campus transformation.
Mark your calendar for these can’t-miss events:
- Children’s Festival, Kaplan Commons in front of Elliott University Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Spartan Village, Kaplan Commons, 11 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Events throughout the day include songs by the children’s band Big Bang Boom, a student band, music from the Breakfast Club, a parade, a pep rally and homecoming coronations.
- Homecoming game, men’s soccer vs. Charlotte, UNCG Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m.
For a more detailed schedule, visit fallfest.uncg.edu.
Come on out to the party and see why FallFest is one of the best-attended Triad festivals each year.